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urbana 06: day 5

Posted by Jonathan Chant on 4:37, January 1, 2007

I’m positive. HIV positive.

PositiveActually, I was infected only for about 20 minutes.

Today, I finally visited the World Vision booth and went through the AIDS Experience (if you click on the link, you can go through the online version). I became Timothy, a young boy from Malawi. I experienced (or as close to experiencing it as I could) what he went through. How a travelling stranger comes and takes. Takes lives. Takes my father’s life. Then my mother’s. Then it comes for me. I get infected. All of this in the first 6 years of my life. I hear of how others who are positive are stigmatized and how one kid is even beaten by his father because he do doesn’t want to take care of a HIV positive child. As I receive my test result, saying I’m positive, I have to wait. Wait for someone to come by who isn’t infected to lead me out of the health clinic. The wait is surreal. The travelling stranger has come back. But this time, it’s back to take me. What do I do? Where do I go from here? After about 2 or 3 minutes of pondering all of this, a lady reaches out her hand, takes mine, and leads me out of the clinic. We come to the photos and stories of all the people who you can become (Olivia, Beatrice, Timothy & others). We’re then invited to the chapel to see the faces of those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Finally, before we enter back into the western world from Africa, we’re given an opportunity to write a short prayer and post it on the wall. Hundreds of white sheets of paper with prayers scrawled upon them are already pinned up. I write mine, pin it, and once again, become Jonathan, a Chinese Canadian, with wealth ridiculously larger than most people in the world, and access to healthcare that most in Africa cannot access. But I’ll never forget Timothy or his story.

So, what’s next?

He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
~ Micah 6:8 ~


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